HND BTEC Engineering (General Engineering)

Equivalent to two years of a university degree, this General Engineering HND offers you the practical and personal skills needed for a role in the sector or progression to higher-level study.

HND BTEC Engineering (General Engineering)

Course details

This Level 5 HND in General Engineering is designed to develop your knowledge and skills across a broad range of electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering technologies that are essential to businesses in this rapidly evolving and dynamic sector of the economy. The course also aims to help you gain key transferable skills that are highly valued by employers.

Throughout the course, our team of dedicated experts will guide you as you gain knowledge and understanding, as well as practical, professional and subject specific skills. Your studies will focus on the core knowledge that is required by all engineers, such as engineering design, mathematics and science, and how to manage a professional engineering project. You’ll then build on this learning with specialist and optional units that concentrate on developing your understanding and skills in essential areas of electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering.

We’ll help you learn the principles of lean manufacturing, and cover essential areas such as professional engineering management and advanced mathematical studies. You’ll also undertake an individual project, where you’ll have the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge, practical ability and design skills. Overall, we’ll support you as you develop cognitive, intellectual and thinking skills, and gain valuable key, personal and transferable skills ready for employment or further study.

  • UCAS points: 32
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: Bolton College
  • Award: HND
  • UCAS code: H370
  • Duration: 2 years

Course highlights:

  • The course provides opportunities for you to make progress towards achieving internationally recognised registration with a professional body regulated by the Engineering Council.
  • We’ll encourage you to undertake a work placement during the summer break – this is recommended but is not a course requirement.
  • On successful completion of this programme you’ll be awarded a Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (General Engineering).
  • Bolton College scores highly in student satisfaction surveys for its HE provision, and we take pride in being able to offer you the opportunity to learn from industry-experienced staff.

Key features:

  • This course offers essential subject knowledge that you’ll need to progress successfully within or into the world of work or onto further study.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, so we’ll work with you on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to develop and enhance crucial skills such as communication, teamwork, organising and planning, numeracy, problem solving, flexibility and adaptability, action planning, self-awareness, initiative, personal impact and confidence, environmental sustainability, and social, public and ethical responsibility.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 32
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: Bolton College
  • Award: HND
  • UCAS code: H370
  • Duration: 2 years

Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics.

Entry to this course is also available to applicants who have extensive appropriate work experience in the engineering sector. If you don’t possess the academic qualifications listed above but have extensive appropriate work experience we’ll be delighted to consider your application.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

If you intend to progress on to a top-up degree course at a university after completing this HND, you will usually need GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). If you have not already achieved this, please speak to the course leader about taking GCSE Mathematics and/or English while completing this course.

Career opportunities

If you choose to complete a BTEC HND in Engineering it’s expected that you’ll be aiming to go on to employment or progress to a final year at university. Pearson developed these qualifications in close collaboration with experts from professional bodies, businesses, universities and colleges to ensure you gain the skills and knowledge you’ll need to succeed in the future – whichever route you take.

What can I do with this qualification?

This HND is designed to prepare you for a career in in areas such as control engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, sensors and data processing, avionics, mechanical, automotive, biomedical engineering, computing, telecommunications and mobile communications.

If you successfully complete the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Engineering (General Engineering) you’ll be to progress onto a higher level qualification. For instance, you’ll be eligible to apply for advanced standing to bachelor’s degrees in a range of engineering disciplines.

Alternative career options

  • Teaching
  • Research and development
  • Finance
  • Business
  • Intellectual property
  • Government and Civil Service
  • Military

Professional recognition

Qualifications in engineering within the UK are referenced against the Engineering Council, UK specifications which sets standards at Levels 3, 6 and 8. The Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering are set at Level 4 and 5 and have been written with reference to the Engineering Council specification for Level 3 and 6.

Holders of the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (General Engineering) meet the academic requirements for the Engineering Council Engineering Technician Standard (EngTech).

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/22
2019/20 £5,996£5,996-£11,992
2020/21 -£5,996£5,996£11,992

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/22
2019/20
2020/21

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Design
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Electronic Circuits and Devices
  • Instrumentation and Control Systems
  • Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Research Project
  • Professional Engineering Management
  • Further Mathematics
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Further PLCs
  • Analogue Electronic Systems
  • Sustainability

Teaching, learning and assessment

The varied nature of this HND programme means that we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. In order to ensure you acquire and develop the appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills, we combine timetabled classes with student-centred and independent learning. You can expect to attend lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There will also be opportunities to go on site visits to view state-of-the-art projects, and attend guest lectures by specialists from industry, the professional bodies or other academic institutions.

There are significant opportunities to spend time with the tutors and technicians during timetabled classes, practical work and tutorials. However, we’ll still expect you to devote a significant amount of time to personal study. For example, this time might be spent engaging in general background reading, revisiting practical work, attending technical meetings and lectures provided by the professional bodies or working on assignments.

We use a range of assessment methods, depending on the learning outcome in question and the type of module content being assessed. You’ll have opportunities to test your understanding of subjects informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark or grade. Each module/unit will normally contain at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you’ll receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades/marks you receive for them do not count toward your module/unit mark or grade.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module/unit. Methods include a range of coursework assessment such as exams, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, and final year major project. The grades from the formal assessments count towards your module/unit mark or grade.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (97%), Practical exams (3%)
Level Two Coursework (87%), Practical exams (13%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)
Level Two Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
    H370
  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    21/09/2020
  • Location:
    Bolton College
  • Award:
    HND
  • UCAS points:
    32
  • Duration:
    2 years

Contact us

Gibson Jeremie
Programme Leader, Bolton College
Email: Gibson.Jeremie@boltoncc.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482035

Peter Alstead
Head of Area, Bolton College
Email: 
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482035

Information Team
Bolton College
Email: info@boltoncc.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482000